Event report1st Olympus X Innovation Forum

The medical equipment market, which includes endoscopes, is changing significantly and is forecast to grow as the global population ages and the patient population increases. Various industries are newly entering this market at a rising pace by leveraging of artificial intelligence (AI) based on advances in digital technology, robotics technology, ICT and IoT.

In addition to shared-platform technologies, products resulting from normal evolution, and other businesses that Olympus has established in new fields, the Technology Innovation Office has been set up to propose and execute innovation strategies in response to opportunities created by risks in existing businesses.

Potential partners, including governmental agencies, universities, research organizations, and companies, were invited to the Olympus X Innovation Forum, which was held on May 16, 2018 to introduce the Technology Innovation Office and its initiatives.


Forum being held


Technology Innovation Office Director Masatoshi Kobayashi

For a Healthy, Safe, and Secure Society

At the start of the forum, Olympus Corporation President and Representative Director Hiroyuki Sasa greeted the audience, provided an overview of the forum, and spoke about his thoughts on innovation.

Technology Innovation Office Director Masatoshi Kobayashi discussed the events leading to the formation of the office, and then three Olympus Chief Fellows gave a presentation on the healthy, safe, and secure society envisioned by Olympus.

Chief Technology Officer Haruo Ogawa appeared as a keynote speaker and conducted a dialog on the topic of creating new social value.

During a coffee break, guests viewed products from Medical Systems, Camera and Audio, Life Science Solutions, and Industrial Solutions to learn more about the diverse technologies of Olympus.


Olympus Corporation President and Representative Director Hiroyuki Sasa

Moving forward, Olympus aims to accelerate innovation based on bold policies and clear targets. Efforts will be based on an open format that actively engages external resources, including academia-industry collaboration, collaboration with other companies, and coordination with national policies.


Chief Technology Officer Haruo Ogawa


Technology Innovation Office Chief Fellow Susumu Kikuchi


Technology Innovation Office Chief Fellow Kazuhiro Gono


Technology Innovation Office Chief Fellow Tetsuo Nonami